Teen Time

TRW14_1000x200I have a newly minted teenager in the house, which is probably why the pronouncement of Teen Read Week from Oct. 12-18 caught my attention. If you haven’t heard, the Young Adult Library Services Association and Blink–a young adult imprint–have partnered to sponsor events at public libraries around the country designed to motivate teens to read.

My 13-year-old daughter happens to be an avid reader. Like most young teens, however, she’s extremely busy with school work and activities. She rarely has free time, and when she does, so many other outlets are vying for her attention–watching Netflix, texting friends, painting toenails, torturing little brothers, etc.–that sitting down to savor a book can fall pretty far down her list of ways to spend time.

As her mom, I find myself actively encouraging my teen to make time to read. Not only is reading a great way for teenagers to develop and expand their minds, but it also can offer a much-needed and relaxing escape from the constant barrage of social and academic pressures that hammer away at kids today.

In honor of Teen Read Week, my daughter and I have come up with a list of five must-read teen novels, in no particular order: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney and The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

Check out the list of 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels accumulated by NPR. What are your favorites?

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